Twitch is a video game broadcasting site where users can start their stream under the streaming section. Twitch allows viewers to watch different types of games being streamed, including massively multiplayer online role-playing games, fighting games, first-person shooters, casual games, and many more. To be able to broadcast your gameplay you will need an Elgato capture card. The following article will go over how to set up Elgato capture cards on PC, Mac, or Linux systems.
You can purchase an Elgato capture card from Amazon for $180.
Okay so now that you have everything you should be ready to set up your Elgato capture card! The first thing you want to do is make sure all drivers are up to date.
We want to go through the steps below, so get started!
– Open up device manager on your computer.
– Here you will see Blue snowball under “Other Devices” or “Universal Serial Bus Controllers”. Right-click and select update driver software.
– On the next window select browse my computer for driver software and then let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.
– Select the best match for your hardware (in this case it is one of two items) either “PCI Multimedia Video Device” or “PCI Multimedia Video Device”. The PCI Multimedia Video Device version should be selected by default (Figure B). If you have problems with this method try doing it manually.
– On the next window select have disk and browse for the driver file. Navigate to where you saved your drivers on your computer and select either “PCI Multimedia Video Device” or “PCI Multimedia Video Device”. The PCI Multimedia Video Device version should be selected by default.
Note: If you have an old Elgato capture card model, search online for a different driver installation process that might work. For this, you will need the device manager up and running again, if not just follows the steps above! Figure C shows what your device manager should look like after the driver is installed correctly (in most cases). Now we can move on to the next step.
– After installing the driver your Elgato should be recognized by your computer when you plug it in (Figure D). If not, try restarting your computer and reinserting the card. If this fails to fix the issue then there is a problem with your hardware and you will need to contact Elgato support for help getting it working again.
Now we’re all set up! This guide will work on both PC and Mac systems if running Linux for some reason I am unaware but hopefully an equivalent method exists or someone could leave a comment below with instructions! You can test out the Elgato by opening up a video player such as VLC and playing a stream from Twitch. If the green light flashes then you’ve succeeded in setting up your Elgato Capture Card! Now go out there and start broadcasting games on Twitch to the internet masses.